3 More Commitments
Worcester Academy post-graduate forward Jesse Wims committed to the University of Redlands on Tuesday.
The University of Redlands is a private liberal arts school in Redlands, California that competes in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Basketball is a family affair at Redlands as head coach Jim Ducey, has been at the helm of the program since 2007 and is assisted by his sons Bryan and Jake Ducey.
Wims is a skilled six-foot-seven forward who projects as a face-up four-man at the next level because of his combination of size and three-point shooting range. He's also a valuable interior defender who is physical and intelligent. Wims graduated from Belmont Hill School in 2014 and ran with Metro Boston during the spring and summer circuit. A scholarship caliaber talent, he should be able to make an immediate impact in the SCIAC.
In the state of Vermont, Eli DiGrande reportedly committed to St. Michael's according to the Burlington Free Press. The six-foot-six forward has been a two-sport star at Essex High School, standing out on both the gridiron as well as the hardwood but it was only this past spring that he made a name for himself beyond his state's borders when running with the Lone Wolf Athletics AAU program. Another skilled forward with good size and shooting range alike, DiGrande is also a quality athlete with a cut-up physique and so he has the potential to develop into a productive player at the division II level.
One of the top seniors in the state of Maine has also come off the board as Nicholas Gilpin committed to local NESCAC school, Bates. News of Gilpin's commitment came only days after another local standout, Falmouth's Thomas Coyne, also pledged to the Bobcats, providing head coach Jon Furbush with a terrific perimeter tandem with strong local roots.
Gilpin has had a standout career at Hampden Academy, winning state championships in both 2013 and 2015 and earning first team all-state honors in his junior campaign as well. A powerful 6-foot-3 guard who starred with MB Nation on the AAU circuit, he follows in the footsteps of another Hampden Academy guard, Graham Safford, who led Bates to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament last year as a senior.